Priest Kumar Kurukkal, who performed the Sivaya Subramuniyaswami mahasamadhi puja for us, is very adept with decorating Deities. He was eager to share these photos of how he decorated Goddess Lakshmi during Navaratri at the Hindu Temple of Greater Tulsa, Oklahoma where he is currently employed.
Religion needs to be of the present. Mankind is evolving spiritually; mass consciousness is rising. When we go to the temple, in the right spirit, contributing devotion and prana, being open to the blessings of the Deity; it purifies the mind. The Hindu religion focuses on the mind; purifies it; controls it, subdues the ego, makes us more humble.